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Accessibility, inclusion, and diversity in critical event studies

Accessibility, inclusion, and diversity in critical event studies

Sweeney, Majella; Sharp, Briony; Finkel, Rebecca

Most early social research into planned events had the effect of broadcasting narratives of dominant cultures and privileged groups. More recently, however, convergences of gender, sexualities, ethnicities, age, class, religion, and intersectional analyses and events studies have started to drive new critical understanding of the impacts of events on non-mainstream, non-majority communities around the globe. This timely book addresses current gaps in the literature surrounding issues of accessibility, inclusion, and diversity in various event landscapes. Structured into four parts covering the main types of events, the chapters present original topics using innovative methodological approaches. Each chapter employs a case study to illustrate the key intertwining issues in these various experiential realms. Further, the chapters are all cross- or interdisciplinary, drawing on gender, sexualities, cultural, race/ethnicity studies as well as multiple literatures that feed into critical events studies and exploring a variety of global examples. This significant book opens the path to further research on the role and importance of accessibility, inclusion, and diversity in events environments worldwide. It will be of interest to academics and researchers of critical event studies as well as a number of related social science disciplines

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English.
Published Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Rebecca Finkel, Briony Sharp, Majella Sweeney
ISBN: 0815350821, 1351142232, 9780815350828, 9781351142236


  1. Introduction
  2. Rebecca Finkel, Briony Sharp, and Majella Sweeney
  3. PART I Festivals and fairs
  4. 1 Addressing community diversity: the role of the festival encounter
  5. Michelle Duffy, Judith Mair, and Gordon Waitt
  6. 2 Inclusion of people with reduced mobility in festivals: perceptions and challenges at the Guelaguetza Festival, Mexico
  7. Daniel Barrera-Fernández and Marco Hernández-Escampa
  8. 3 Do-it-yourself or going professionally?: on the different potentials of community inclusion through gendered festivals in the post-Yugoslav space
  9. Zorica Sirocic
  10. 4 Appleby Fair for all
  11. Teresa Crew
  12. 5 Agricultural shows: the challenge of accessibility
  13. Caroline A. Wiscombe
  14. PART II Cultural and political events
  15. 6 "House and techno broke them barriers down": exploring exclusion through diversity in Berlin’s electronic dance music nightclubs
  16. Naomi Alice Rodgers
  17. 7 Occupying unapologetically: Friday Late: gal-dem – radical trust and co-production at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  18. Keisha Williams
  19. 8 In our own words: organising and experiencing exhibitions as Black women and women of colour in Scotland
  20. Layla-Roxanne Hill and Francesca Sobande
  21. 9 Outside the comfort zone: intercultural events in suspicious times
  22. Roaa Ali
  23. 10 Performing advocacy
  24. Caroline Gausden
  25. 11 Conceptualising events of dissent: understanding the Lava Jato rally in São Paulo, 5 December 2016
  26. Ian R. Lamond
  27. PART III Sporting events
  28. 12 Rio 2016 Paralympics and accessibility: breaking barriers in urban mobility?
  29. Silvestre Cirilo Dos Santos Neto, Ailton Fernando Santana De Oliveira, Vinicius Denardin Cardoso, and Marcelo De Castro Haiachi
  30. 13 Volunteering and wellbeing: case study of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games volunteer programmes
  31. Briony Sharp
  32. 14 Post-humanist investigation into human–equine relations in event landscapes: case of the Rodeo
  33. Paula Danby and Rebecca Finkel
  34. PART IV Conferences
  35. 15 Measuring accessibility in MICE venues: the case of the Euskalduna Conference Centre (Bilbao, Spain)
  36. Ainara Rodríguez-Zulaica and Asunción Fernández-Villarán Ara
  37. 16 Academics in two places at once: (not) managing caring responsibilities at conferences
  38. Emily F. Henderson
  39. 17 A tripartite approach to accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in academic conferences
  40. Trudie Walters